When they were younger, my boys battled with plastic swords and Nerf guns. As teens, their battlefield was often a virtual one as they fought on the fields of video games.
Sometimes the challenges we face day-to-day feel like walking onto a battlefield. A loved one fighting cancer. Marriage. Parenting. Struggles at work. How do we arm ourselves for the fight? Do we have a chance at being victorious?
Hezekiah, king of Judah, was preparing to battle the king of Assyria and his massive army. He built a second wall around Jerusalem, made changes in the water supply, and created a large number of weapons and shields. He did what he could then encouraged his people…
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” – 2 Chronicles 32: 7-8
Yes, we like Hezekiah can prep for battles. We can build up our arsenal through prayer, worship, reading the Word, and getting active in a local church. We can also find help in doctors and counselors. We can teach our children truth to the best of our abilities, flawed as we are. We can do our jobs with integrity. We can memorize scripture and pray even more. Then when the battles come, we depend on God to fight for use!
Someone needs this reassurance today. You are not alone neither do you battle alone. Let’s go back to the verses again but fill in the blank with the enemy you fight and be encouraged.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of _________, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” – 2 Chronicles 32: 7-8
Lord, thank you for speaking words of encouragement to my heart! Yes, I know I can be active in preparing by seeking after you daily and I want to, but I also know you are there to fight my battles! Thank you, Lord! I need you and your help daily! Be my forward guard and my rear guard as I move out into this day. Be my strength and ever-present help. Amen & Amen